Category Archives: Opinion

PÉROLAS NEGRAS

It’s what Rio-based rap trio Pearls Negras used to be called, in their nascent stages, in 2012, after they met at drama school and formed a crew: Mari, Jeni, Alice. They lost a member—Andressa, Alice’s sister, who decided she didn’t … Continue reading

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BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY EVERYWHERE

Early in Spring, 2012, just after Nicky da B’s “Express Yourself” video dropped, an online publication asked me to write an essay about bounce music, and why so many white people seemed to like it. I ended up writing not-that, … Continue reading

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BAD BITCHE$ BOMB FIRST

The following is the thing I wrote to accompany my 2011 Pazz & Jop ballot but did not get published on the Village Voice because of various time suckage issues. BUT IT IS STILL IMPORTANT cuz it addresses thoughts about … Continue reading

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MAKING MY FACE YR WORLD

Oh, LO! I have been writing my facial features off! HERE ARE SOME (not all) OF MY MORE RECENT JAMS FOR YOU TO READ. I wrote an essay on 2011: the year dubstep became a thing in the legit American … Continue reading

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ALL SKIN AND BONES BUT IN YOUR EYES I SEE THAT YOU

A couple of months ago, I spent hours with Dee Dee Penny, leader of Dum Dum Girls, for a cover story for Self-Titled magazine. We walked around the NYU area forever like the loner nomads we both tend to be … Continue reading

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THE GOD TIOMBE LOCKHART b/w WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES

Cubic Zirconia Take Me High from Tiombe Lockhart on Vimeo. My interview with the inimitable Tiombe Lockhart of Cubic Zirconia in Scion’s Dance Fanzine is now outtie (along with profiles of Falty DL, Dillon Francis and French design house Ill-Studio). … Continue reading

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HEAR ME TALK ALOUD PON THE INTERNET

OH AND. If you are dying to hear said bitching sailor voice, on the radio it comes off more like “a high-pitched man doing Quiet Storm.” You can experience this spectacular audio beverage every Saturday on East Village Radio (dot … Continue reading

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF NOT UPDATING VS. HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW

Before Tumblr ruined everything, Twitter did. I distinctly recall having a conversation with my friend Emil Nassar (aka Philly producer/DJ Emynd and “crackheads” have, apparently, stolen his license plate.) But now I’m blogging on my original blog, begun eons ago … Continue reading

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O HELL YEAH I’M FANCY. MARY J. BLIGE, SWIZZ BEATZ AND RAPTUROUS ATONALITY.

I have to talk about ‘Fancy.’ I know I am L8, but I can’t stop thinking about it, mainly because every time my morning alarm goes off, the various ‘rhythmic’ NYC stations to which I’ve programmed the clock radio — … Continue reading

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¡COMING PRONTO!: DESIGNER HANDBAGS, BROWN STEREOTYPES, YOUR HOMEBOY AND MY MEXISTACHE

My Mexistache started filling in a couple of years ago. In my family, it’s something you’re either born with, or that emerges later in life, like tumors and menopause. It’s fairly light at this point, relegated to the corners of … Continue reading

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